When seconds count, the police are minutes away.
It’s a lesson that the non-gun owning public just doesn’t seem to understand, but one that a 47-year-old widow from Phoenix, Arizona, is keenly aware of following an incident back in May.
Cynthia was the victim of home invasion. By all accounts, she did the right thing. She called 911 to report the crime. However, police did not arrive in time to prevent the situation from escalating. The burglar, a man by the name of Michael Lewis, had entered her home and began to engage her.
She was left with no other choice but to defend herself with a firearm. She shot Lewis before he could get the best of her. Recently, the 911 audio was made public, detailing Cynthia’s heroism in the face of imminent danger.
From the Arizona Republic:
They’ve tried my front door, my front door, and now they’re trying to break in my back gate…,” Cynthia tells the 911 operator at one point. “I have a gun in my hands. I’m terrified.”
Later, “Somebody is on my back porch.” And then, “Please help me, please!” as the operator assures her that help is on the way.
“They’re coming out as fast as they can,” the operator says. “Have you heard any voices?”
Cynthia: “Hurry, hurry! They’re coming in right now, please, please, please!
As it turns out, the police weren’t coming quickly enough. Lewis broke into the bathroom and started attacking Cynthia. So she shot him.
Lewis: “Ow! (Expletive.) What was that? What was that? What was that? (Expletive) did you do?”
Her answer was classic. “Did you think you could beat me half to death?”
Lewis: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry…”
Cynthia: “You bet you’re sorry you nasty thing.”
After spending a month in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds, Lewis pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated assault. He is due in court next month for sentencing.